Packaging giant Linpac is to be a finalist in the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE), which take place in the Estonia capital Tallinn in October.
The Lincolnshire, UK-based firm became eligible for the EBAEs thanks to its Rfresh Elite rPET tray for meat, fish and poultry, which won the Sustainability Leaders Award, run by the Royal Society, in November last year.
The tray, which took two years to develop, uses a patented food contact-approved sealant on its flange to create a secure seal with the lidding film. Linpac said this system removed the need for the industry standard laminated PE base film.
The sealant can be removed during a hot wash process at a recycling facility, meaning a recycled Elite tray will yield 100% PET.
Linpac is one of 11 winning and runners-up UK companies to go through to the finals in Estonia.
The firm's innovation director, Alan Davey, said: “Representing the UK in such a prestigious award is a testament to the hard work and dedication that goes into keeping Linpac at the forefront of the packaging environmental challenge and we were delighted to receive the recognition and share it with our employees and key stakeholders.
“We are proud of our commitment to working with packers and retailers to develop supply chain efficient and sustainable packaging solutions.”
The biennial EBAE event comprises four award categories: outstanding new or innovative management practices, products, processes and international co-operation activities which contribute to economic and social development without detriment to the environment.
An additional award is also given for biodiversity; the winner being selected from entrants to the other categories.
Dr Malcolm Aickin, chair of the RSA Environment Awards Forum, said: “The UK has always made an excellent showing in Europe providing significantly more winners than any other country.
“This year the entrants represent a very broad range of activity and diversity of achievement. Their collective strength gives high hopes that our winning record will continue.”